| Feb 28, 2014
| 12:30 AM
HONG KONG -- China's President Xi Jinping is to personally head a new high-level committee intended to strengthen the state's role in the internet in China.
The move is intended to expand use of the internet within China, to boost cyber-security and...
| Sep 27, 2013
So the German people have spoken, and Chancellor Angela Merkel has been reelected. That means the European Union will continue to be a tortoise. Next May, following the European Parliament elections, we will discover just how slow and unhappy a creature...
| Jan 10, 2014
It would be difficult to believe that China's leaders didn't expect a negative reaction from its neighbors and the United States when it announced the creation of an expansive air defense identification zone over the East China Sea in late November. But...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 9:47 AM
BEIJING -- Financial markets, economists and even one amateur limerick writer gave the thumbs down to the new Chinese Communist Party leadership’s long-awaited platform on economic reform.
Although a communiqué issued Tuesday night at the close of...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 3:37 PM
BEIJING — At soon as Luo Yuannan heard about the change in China's one-child law, she began to calculate when it would be best for her 2 1/2-year-old son to get a baby sister, because, like many modern Chinese women, Luo is pining for a girl.
| Nov 19, 2013
| 11:00 PM
BEIJING -- Gary Locke, the first Chinese American ambassador to Beijing, said Wednesday he will leave his post early next year to rejoin his wife and three children in Seattle.
The former Commerce secretary and two-term governor of Washington said his...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 4:30 PM
More than three years in the making, and easily the most ambitious cinematic rendition yet of the adventures of Buddhist monk Xuanzang and his three demigoblin disciples, "The Monkey King" nonetheless can't match the technical refinement or storytelling...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 5:00 AM
BEIJING — Want to engrave a few words in Chinese on your new iPad? No problem — Apple offers consumers in mainland China free personalization. Just don't get too political.
Say you type in the Dalai Lama's name in Chinese characters into...
| Feb 16, 2014
| 8:30 PM
HONG KONG -- U.S. foreign secretary John Kerry sat down Saturday with a group of Chinese bloggers and promised to press the Chinese government to loosen its controls of the internet.
His visit came at a time when China and other Asian governments stand...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 2:30 AM
By the looks of it, U.S. President Barack Obama may be close to joining the French in taking on the Chinese -- in Africa.
According to my sources in the French government, Obama made it clear to both British and French leadership at the onset of his...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 8:00 AM
BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping has a new year’s resolution for the Communist Party: Be more charming.
In a nation where senior leaders have long seemed distant and remote, revealing few personal details, interacting minimally with...